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NEWS UPDATE April 10, 2014

Majority of Americans support the RFS, trade group poll finds

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

A majority of Americans support the renewable fuel standard and incentives to build up next-generation fuels, according to a new poll released yesterday by an ethanol trade group. Sixty-five percent of polled Americans said they support the standard, which requires refiners to blend a certain amount of ethanol and advanced biofuels into petroleum gas and diesel each year. Sixty-six percent of Americans said they support incentives to help fund the expansion of next-generation fuels such as cellulosic ethanol, a fuel made from plant-based materials like grasses, agricultural wastes and woody biomass. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry’s looming challenges are focus of 2-day Omaha gathering

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

Nebraska’s ethanol industry officials are gathered in Omaha today and Friday as a spate of contentious new issues bears hard on the nation’s Corn Belt. Those issues include the proposed Environmental Protection Agency reduction in the amount of ethanol that must be blended with the nation’s gas supply; rail-transport snarls; food-grade hygiene requirements for the animal feed that is a byproduct of ethanol production; and the prospect of a carbon dioxide pipeline stretching from Iowa through Nebraska to Wyoming. The 2014 Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board starts today and runs through Friday afternoon at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha. The ninth annual conference, limited to about 125 participants, is expected to draw people involved in the production, technology, policy and marketing of ethanol and related products. [ read more … ]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus members come out in support of EPA proposal

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

Ten members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today came out in support of a recent proposal by the Obama administration to roll back the corn ethanol mandate this year. in a letter sent to U.S. EPA today, bipartisan members of the caucus said that corn ethanol was wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and has failed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The caucus also said it was concerned about possible car engine damage through the use of increased ethanol in gasoline. [ read more … ]

Dem bill would offer ‘victory bonds’ to cover clean energy credits

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

House Democrats are reaching for an old financing model to support new sources of energy. Modeled off a successful World War II-era program, a bill introduced yesterday would direct the Treasury Department to issue $50 billion of “clean energy victory bonds,” the proceeds of which would offset the extension of a handful of clean energy tax breaks. California Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Doris Matsui were the lead co-sponsors of the bill, which attracted 16 other Democratic co-sponsors. [ read more … ]

Vander Griend calls for test standards for ethanol blends

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

The ethanol industry needs to call for new fuel testing standards when testing gasoline with varying ethanol content, according to Steve Vander Griend, technical manager of fuel and engine technology at ICM Inc. He pointed to yet another study that shows varying vehicle emission results that were influenced by how test fuels were formulated. [ read more … ]

Gasoline consumption resumed downward trend in 2012

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

Gasoline consumption by cars, pickup trucks and other light-duty vehicles dipped in 2012, resuming a decline that began a decade ago, according to a new report by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. In all, U.S. drivers used about 123.6 billion gallons, down slightly from 2011 and the first decrease since the recession year of 2008, the report shows. The number of light-duty vehicles remained essentially level at 233.8 million, while the number of vehicle miles driven rose a half-percentage point to 2.66 trillion. [ read more … ]

Enthusiastic entrepreneur places big bet on algae

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

“I think you can do really simple math. This planet has one chance at diverting climate change, and it’s Algenol,” Woods said here at his demonstration facility among the sandy beaches and palm trees of Florida’s Southwest coast. Woods, a Canadian with long blond hair who’s more comfortable in a polo shirt than a suit and tie, will soon have a chance to test his technology. Algenol plans to launch its first commercial-scale projects this year with major carbon emitters in the state. [ read more … ]

IPCC explores the ethics and economics of fighting climate change

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2014

Can science tell us how much ethical responsibility different countries bear for combating climate change? It’s going to try. According to a draft of a forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, ethics takes a front-and-center role in a forum traditionally reserved for exploring scientific consensus. [ read more … ]

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